Following KCET's decision in October to drop PBS, KOCE will take over the noncommercial network's primary affiliation in Los Angeles beginning Jan. 1.
KOCE To Be PBS’s Home In Southern Calif.
Starting Jan. 1, 2011, KOCE Los Angeles will become the full-service PBS station for Southern California, and will begin broadcasting the full lineup of PBS programs for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties and the City of Santa Barbara.
KOCE will offer PBS’s Emmy award-winning news and public affairs, history, drama and performing arts programming, including PBS Newshour, Frontline, Nova, Masterpiece, Nature, American Experience, American Masters, Tavis Smiley and Great Performances.
KOCE will also feature seven hours of PBS KIDS programming each weekday. PBS’s children’s programming includes Sesame Street, Curious George, Dinosaur Train, Arthur, Super Why!, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That and the upcoming Wild Kratts, which premieres in January.
KOCE said it will look to expand its outreach services in coming months, including KOCE Classroom — its educational initiative that serves nearly a half-million students and teachers in Southern California schools.
“KOCE-TV is delighted to expand our lineup of award-winning PBS programming that serves as a mainstay in homes across the country,” said KOCE president-CEO Mel Rogers. “We are excited to be the new home of PBS in Southern California and continue to work with PBS stations KVCR and KLCS to build a Southern California Consortium of stations for the region.”
“PBS continues to focus on ensuring the people of Southern California are able to benefit from the full range of high-quality PBS content and services,” said PBS president-CEO Paula Kerger. “We look forward to working with KOCE and our other PBS stations, KVCR and KLCS, to offer the very best of PBS’s national and locally produced content to the people of Southern California.”